Memory loss and mental decline in old age is largely decided by the age of eight, a new study has shown.
Scientists at University College London (UCL) tested the memory and thinking skills of Britons in their late 60s and 70s and compared the results to similar cognitive tests that they took as schoolchildren in 1954.
They found that someone whose cognitive performance was in the top 25 percent as a child, was likely to remain in the top 25 percent at age 70.
Spending longer in education also seemed to be protective, with participants who completed a college degree scoring around 16 percent higher than participants who left school before the age of 16. There was a strong link between those who…